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BOLIVIA
Number of inhabitants 9,138,000
Number of architects 5,265
Index of architects per inhabitant 0.576‰
 
 

Admittance to the profession

EDUCATION

Establishing of education standards or recognition of study plans Yes
Regular supervision by an independent body No
Relevant authorities MINISTERIO DE EDUCACIÓN, CULTURA Y DEPORTE (Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports); COMITÉ EJECUTIVO DE LA UNIVERSIDAD BOLIVIANA (Executive Committee of the Bolivian University)
Recognised educational centers 1. Bolivian University System: FACULTIES OF ARCHITECTURE of the following UNIVERSITIES: MAYOR DE SAN ANDRÉS, MAYOR PONTIFICIA S.FRANCISCO XAVIER DE CHUQUISACA, MAYOR DE S.SIMÓN, TÉCNICA DE ORURO, GABRIEL RENÉ MORENO, CATÓLICA BOLIVIANA (in La Paz, Sta. Cruz de la Sierra and Tarija); 2. FACULTIES OF ARCHITECTURE of the following private UNIVERSITIES: NTRA.SRA. DE LA PAZ, FRANZ TAMAYO, DEL VALLE (in Cochabamba, Sucre and Trinidad), CENTRAL, AQUINO, PRIVADA BOLIVIANA, PRIVADA DE STA.CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, BOLIVIANA DE INFORMÁTICA.
Duration of studies 5 years
 
INTERNSHIP
Compulsory No
Is it structured and recorded? No
Duration  
 
EXAMINATION
Compulsory examination by an external authority to the education Yes
Examining body (for private universities): Vice-minister of Superior Education, Culture and Technology
 
TITLE GRANTED
Academic title LICENCIADO EN ARQUITECTURA (Bachelor of Architecture) Authority that grants the academic title The Universities
Job title ARQUITECTO (Architect) Authoriry that grants the job title The Executive Committee of the Bolivian University, Ministry of Education
Additional notes  
 
Professional practice
Regulated profession Yes
Inscription in register compulsory Yes
Registering entity COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE BOLÍVIA (Architects' Association of Bolivia)
Law regulating profession Act 1373 of 13 Nov.92 on Architectural Professional Practice, Supreme Decree 25905 of 15 Sept. 2000
Additional notes Also the Organic Statute and Regulations of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Bolivia.
 
ARCHITECT'S COMPETENCES
Description Design of buildings, structures, installations. Feasibility studies, drafting of technical documentation related to the designs, supervision and co-ordination of the construction. Urban and regional planning and development, design of urban infrastructure, landscape design. Appraisal services, consulting and technical expertise.
 
MECHANISM CHECKING LICENSE TO PRACTISE
Description The local Colegio de Arquitectos (Architects' Association) registers its member's project in order to garantise that it has been elaborated by a licensed architect, and at the same time to protect his intellectual property rights.
 
ARCHITECT'S LIABILITY
Description Civil responsibility for damages and prejudices caused to other persons by the malpractice.
Source Act 1373 of 13 Nov.92 on Architectural Professional Practice, Supreme Decree 25905 of 15 Sept. 2000, Bolivian Civil Code, Code of Ethics and other regulations.
 
INSURANCE
Compulsory No
Description  
 
FEES
Does a fee scale exist? Yes
Compulsory Yes
Recommended No
Published by Colegios de Arquitectos (Architects' Associations)
Additional notes  
 
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Compulsory No
Is it audited? No
Organising body/ies Colegios de Arquitectos (Architects' Associations), Universities, other public or private bodies.
Description The Universities impart postgraduate and master studies, the Colegio de Arquitectos de Bolivia fosters congresses, meetings and seminars. Other public or private bodies organise seminars, courses and forums.
 
CODE OF ETHICS
Does it exist? Yes
Constituting body Professional Ethics Court of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Bolivia (Architects Association of Bolivia).
 
OTHER PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
Are there others who may legally provide similar services to architects? No
Title Competences
   
Other professionals in the provision of architectural services
Title Competences
INGENIERO CIVIL (Civil Engineer) Projects of structures.
INGENIERO ELÉCTRICO Y ELECTRÓNICO (Electric and Electronic Engineer) Projects of electric, electronic and communication installations.
INGENIERO SANITARIO (Sanitation Engineer) Projects of sanitation, sewerage and hydraulic elements.
TÉCNICO SUPERIOR EN CONSTRUCCIÓN (Superior Technitian in Construction) Control of works, support to the architect in the co-ordination and supervision of the construction.
 
ADDITIONAL NOTES
 
 
PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTURAL BODIES
Name of body Competences
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE BOLIVIA (Architects Association of Bolivia)  
 
 
Foreign architects
Can a foreign architect practice independently? Yes
 
LAW/S REGULATING PRACTICE
The General Labour Act of 12 Aug. 1948, Suprem Decree of 2 Feb. 1937, General Migratory Rules, Supreme Decree 24423 of 29 Nov. 1996, Act 1373 on Architectural Professional Practice of 13 Nov. 1992, Supreme Decree 25905 of 15 Sept. 2000.
 
REQUIREMENTS
Origin 1 (all origins) Diploma in architecture, inscription in register, contract for services, residence in Bolivia.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  
 
PROCEDURE
Recognition of the Diploma by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports or the Bolivian University and getting the "National Provision Title", inscription in register at the Colegio de Arquitectos de Bolivia.
 
EXPENSES
Sworn translation of the documents, "National Provision Title" aprox. (330$) registering fees (aprox. 1350$).
 
DOCUMENTATION
Origin 1 (all origins) Recognised Diploma in Architecture, the "National Provision Title", contract for services, residence certificate.
Origin 2  
Origin 3  

If foreign architects are authorised to work independently, what type of collaboration with national architects is recommended? There are three options: free association, accidental partnership or limited liability partnership.
In the event that foreign architects are not authorised to work independently, what is the stipulated formula of collaboration with national architects?  

ADDITIONAL NOTES
Only temporary registering in the National Register of Architects (at the Colegio de Arquitectos de Bolivia), limited to the duration of the contract.

Useful addresses
COLEGIO DE ARQUITECTOS DE BOLIVIA
Casilla 8779, Av. 16 de Julio 1479, Edificio San Pablo, piso 19, of. 1906
  La Paz
Tel: 591-3-330003
Fax: 591-3-331666
e-mail: cena_cab@cotas.com.bo
URL: www.arquitectosbolivia.org
 

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